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Question Morocco to Bamako

We are taking 2 cars from Morroco to Bamako in September and were wondering if anyone has recently taken the Mauritanian route instead of the Senegalese one.

Is it sealed all the way through? How safe does it feel? How is the border crossing? What is the best route?

We have done the Senegalese Tamba road on bikes a few months ago and were also wondering about the Northern Senegalese route and what state the road is in.

Anyone also crossing around the third week of September? It would be nice to cross together.

We also have room for 2 passengers if you need a ride and don't have much stuff.

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The road is sealed all the way down the west coast of Africa with the exception of about 5km between the Western Sahara and Mauri border posts. I went in Jan and my blog is at There and Back Again

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Thanks for the reply Tim.

I should have phrased the question a bit better, our question is about the road from Nouakchott to the Malian border in Mauritania. We also did the coastal road just about a month after you and it is in amazing shape apart from the minefield.

Does anyone has a recent trip report or have heard anything from Nouakchott to Bamako through Aleg and Ayoun el Atrous?

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The road is sealed all the way down the west coast of Africa with the exception of about 5km between the Western Sahara and Mauri border posts. I went in Jan and my blog is at There and Back Again

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I travelled Nouakchott to Bamako via Aleg,Kiffa, Ayoun el Atrous,Nioro and Diema in January 2008. It was tarmac all the way apart from about 15kms south of Diema which was under construction and is, I imagine, by now finished. Kiffa has a campement with clean accomodation and good food.I also stayed at a friendly campement in Nioro.I didn't notice much other accomodation en route. Have fun. John
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Ditto the above. Straight and narrow tar all (or nearly all) the way to Bamako.

The only issue you may have in September is the tail end of the rainy season.
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Hello Sonjagael,

Me and A friend are planning on doing the same route @ around the same time! We are departing from Amsterdam 2morrow in and old Benz and planning on taking the route trough Mauri to Bamako (we don't have a carnet). We should be there around the 3rd week of September. What are you driving?

Maybe c u on the road, or send me a message.
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